Royal College of Science Union

Schools, take part!

Do you represent a school? The RCSU Science Challenge welcomes school pupils to attend the launch and take part in the competition. Find out how to get your school involved in the Science Challenge, and take this exciting opportunity to meet students and academics from a world top 10 university.

Get in touch to register your school in the competition!

You can contact our Science Challenge Chair through

Visiting the Launch

This year's Science Challenge launch is at 18:00 on the 5th December 2019 at the Imperial College South Kensington Campus.

Come to the Launch to see the judges announce their questions for this year, and find out about entry and prize details.

If you can't make it to the Launch, all the competition details will be online! Find out about the Judges, Questions, and Prizes using the navigation bar at the top of the page. (2019/2020 details will be updated shortly)

After registration, schools can book tickets to attend our launch on the 5th of December, and a chance to meet our judges in person! To make your journey worth it, we have added two more new sessions this year:

  • Q&A – you can ask judges questions about the questions they set for this year's competition, what is life like working in their science field or or any interesting questions about the theme.
  • FOOD & DRINKS – you can talk to our judges and students from other schools while eating catered food.

    If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at - we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Taking part in the competition

    All parts of the competition are open to school students from Y10-13 (aged 14 or above), and will be judged separately to entries from Imperial College. Every entry short-listed by our postgraduate markers will be read by the eminent scientist who sets each question, meaning there is a real possibility that your students' work will be read by world-leading academics.

    A full range of prizes are available to school students (view last year's prizes). All entrants who have been shortlisted will be invited to the Final. All school students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. At this time we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces for staff from the schools of shortlisted students.

    Entries for the competition are managed through our website. Once your school has been registered, students will be able to sign up and manage their submission to the Science Challenge. You can find out more details about registering and signing up below.

    Unfortunately we cannot offer any specific advice on essay writing beyond what is available on our website, nor can we guarantee feedback on specific entries.

    Ready to take part?

    We've launched a new and much simpler submission process this year. The submission page has a link to the submission system and instructions on how to submit.